Day: April 21, 2016

IFC will air half-hour collection of Comedy Crib shorts in late-night TV fall 2016

Short-form comedy segments in late-night TV all are the rage now, as IFC becomes the third cable channel to jump into the field, announcing today that its Comedy Crib collection of more than two dozen webseries will begin airing on TV come Fall 2016. The weekly half-hour episodes of Comedy Crib will include short sketches and stand-up clips from the online home of Comedy Crib, plus handpicked segments from Portlandia, Comedy Bang! Bang! and other existing IFC series. “The Comedy Crib has become an important extension of our on-air lineup and a great way to bring new comedic voices...

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Comedy and Oddity at the 2016 Moontower festival in Austin

It’s one thing to say you’re going to “keep Austin weird.” It’s another to call your festival the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, and five years in, be able to not only look back on all of the big names you’ve attracted and celebrate it via sizzle reel, but also launch your 2016 edition in downtown Austin by truly embracing the oddity as much as the comedy. Which is what happened at the Paramount Theatre and its adjacent venue, the Stateside, on Wednesday night. Anthony Atamanuik held court at the Stateside solo as Donald Trump, delivering his rambling narcissism,...

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truTV’s Comedy Knockout with Damien Lemon

Roast battle, toast battle. Who’s going to be the first Comedy KO Champ tonight? Hosted by Damien Lemon and created by Mo Mandel, Comedy Knockout debuts on truTV, pitting three comedians against one another, with audience approval swaying Lemon into picking the winners. “You cheer, and I will dole out points accordingly,” he tells them. Instead of points per joke (hi @midnight!) or even game, Lemon waits until full segments and commercial breaks to poll the audience and then rank the three comedians. Games in the premiere episode include: “What Not To Say,” where Lemon gives them a scenario, and...

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Episode #82: Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish ended up in foster care after a serious car accident left her mother with even more serious complications. Getting into trouble herself, Tiffany found refuge and more as a teenager at the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp. It hasn’t all been easy since then, but after appearing on several TV comedy competitions, Tiffany has landed a supporting role on the critically acclaimed NBC sitcom, The Carmichael Show, and the new Key and Peele movie, Keanu. Haddish described attending the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp at the same time as Amanda Bynes and getting feedback on her earliest jokes from...

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